Wednesday, Mar. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Between the strong winds, a few thunderstorms and the high surf, yesterday was the roaring epitome of March coming in like a lion. The strongest wind gust recorded along the Central Coast was 59 mph at Waldport, while it hit 70 mph down at the Cape Blanco Coast Guard Station and 76 mph up on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport. Precipitation totals weren’t terribly impressive at about half an inch. Initially the High Wind Warning was set to expire at 4:00pm, but just after lunch, the National Weather Service extended it until midnight. Gusts continued into the 40s through the evening and then dropped away quickly overnight; the rain faded out with the breeze. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy with a light east wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 3,200′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 9 mph/Pressure: 29.83”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/49F/47mph/0.55”
Depoe Bay: 55F/45F/52mph/0.42”
Forecast: A short respite this morning before the next round of rainy and windy weather arrives by noon. The breeze should top out around 25-30 mph today, rainfall totals are expected to be up to a half inch, and the thermometer peaks at 55F. Tonight, rain turning to showers, lows in the upper-40s. Showers and a chance of thunderstorms are on tap for tomorrow, sou’westers gusting 30-35 mph, and a high again near 55F. Outlook is for rain likely and windy Friday through Sunday, showers Monday, then rain likely Tuesday. Normal March temps are predicted as highs reach 50-55F and lows slump to 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement and 35-40F in the passes; patchy fog, showers early, rain later today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain by afternoon, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain developing by this afternoon, light west wind, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice and some areas of packed snow this morning, temps are 25-30F; a chance of rain today, the snow level is at 6,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: The breeze is down to SSE 10-20 knots this morning with rough seas 16 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon when a Gale Warning goes into effect through this evening. SE winds 10-15 knots early today rising to 20-30 knots gusting 35-45 this afternoon, combined seas 14-15 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds 25-30 knots gusting 35-40, easing after midnight, combined seas 15 feet at 11 seconds. Settling conditions are expected tomorrow with S winds 20-25 knots and swells dropping below 10 feet. Outlook is for another gale on Friday as S winds rise to 25-35 knots and swells build to 16 feet, then southerlies Saturday and Sunday 20-25 knots, swells 16-17 feet, possibly higher. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/02 Wed 12:48 PM 1.81 L
03/02 Wed 07:27 PM 5.68 H
03/03 Thu 12:23 AM 4.13 L
03/03 Thu 06:45 AM 7.54 H
In Short: Mostly rainy and occasionally windy through the weekend.